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Free Online Course Highlighting Life and Works of William Shakespeare

British Council and FutureLearn have teamed up to create an interactive online course, ‘Exploring English: Shakespeare’ like no other. This 6-week English language course is aimed at non-native English speakers at around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR) or above.

Over six weeks, the course focuses on improving applicants English language skills by looking at the life and works of William Shakespeare and his enduring popularity.

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Course At A Glance

Level: Introductory
Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2 hours PW
Subject: Exploring English: Shakespeare
Institution: British Council and Future Learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Dates to be announced

Providers’ Details

British Council and FutureLearn are providing this online course on English language. The British Council’s high profile work in English, the Arts and Education & Society help hundreds of millions of people worldwide to learn about and experience creativity and excellence from the UK. Millions of talented people of all ages – but particularly younger people – engage face-to-face and online learning English, developing new skills, experiencing life and study in the UK and earning UK qualifications.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

This free online course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take applicants from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature.

Council will look at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world. They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work.

Why Take This Course?

The course gives you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation. A Statement of Participation is a printed certificate available to purchase that shows you have taken part in a course on FutureLearn. Future Learn’s video tutor will guide its applicants through the course and look at some of the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language. Short quizzes will check their understanding and they’ll be asked to share their ideas and opinions on the topics Shakespeare raises.

Learning Outcomes

This course is for people who are learning English and interested in the language and legacy of William Shakespeare. Applicants will have improved English language skills


-Anthony Cosgrove
A writer of English language learning materials for the British Council.

How To Join This Course

  1. Go to the course website link.
  2. Sign Up At FutureLearn
  3. Select a course and Join
  4. Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  5. After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  6. Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  7. On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)). 

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